first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSOld Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 3 v 0 Mulroy CelticKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6 v 3 Gweedore Celtic ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGlenree United Reserves 2 v 2 Downtown United Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 1 v 2 Lifford CelticMilford United 3 v 0 Lagan HarpsRathmullan Celtic 2 v 2 Dunkineely CelticSt. Catherines 5 v 2 Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers 0 v 3 Drumoghill F.C.Cranford United 0 v 2 Curragh AthleticCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United 0 v 3 Dunlewy CelticGlenree United 2 v 3 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Gweedore United 2 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedUlster Junior CupKeadue Rovers 2 v 1 Culdaff F.C. FAI Junior CupGlenea United 3 v 2 SandyfordLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlenea United 6 5 0 1 14 5 9 16Dunkineely Celtic FC 8 4 2 2 25 17 8 14Lifford Celtic FC 6 4 2 0 12 5 7 12Lagan Harps FC 8 3 3 2 11 12 -1 11Milford United FC 6 3 2 1 14 7 7 10St Catherines FC 9 3 5 1 16 22 -6 10Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 5 3 2 0 9 8 1 9Rathmullan Celtic 5 2 2 1 8 6 2 7Gweedore Celtic 7 2 4 1 7 16 -9 7Castlefin Celtic 8 0 7 1 6 24 -18 1League table for Watson Hire Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsCurragh Athletic FC 8 5 0 3 30 5 25 18Eany Celtic FC 8 6 2 0 16 11 5 18Donegal Town FC 8 5 2 1 15 8 7 16Cranford FC 9 5 3 1 21 16 5 16Cappry Rovers 8 4 2 2 18 12 6 14Keadue Rovers FC 7 2 2 3 18 12 6 9Drumoghill FC 8 2 4 2 9 17 -8 8Ballybofey United FC 7 1 3 3 9 14 -5 6Raphoe Town 9 1 7 1 10 40 -30 4Arranmore United 8 1 7 0 8 19 -11 3League table for CT Ball Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDunlewey Celtic 8 6 1 1 21 11 10 19Gweedore United FC 8 6 2 0 27 8 19 18Whitestrand United FC 9 6 3 0 22 14 8 18Bonagee United FC 8 6 2 0 22 17 5 18Glenree United FC 9 4 3 2 22 19 3 14Kerrykeel 71 FC 7 4 3 0 18 13 5 12Convoy Arsenal FC 8 2 5 1 15 21 -6 7Letterbarrow Celtic FC 8 2 6 0 7 23 -16 6Drumbar FC 9 1 7 1 13 26 -13 4Copany Rovers FC 8 0 5 3 12 27 -15 3League table for Old Orchard Inn Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsErne Wanderers FC 8 7 0 1 25 8 17 22Ramelton Mariners FC 8 5 1 2 19 10 9 17Fintown Harps AFC 8 5 3 0 21 13 8 15Glenea United 8 3 3 2 9 10 -1 11Glencar Celtic 8 3 3 2 14 20 -6 11Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 8 2 2 4 14 15 -1 10Mulroy Celtic 8 3 4 1 10 13 -3 10Castlefin Celtic 8 1 6 1 13 19 -6 4Gweedore Celtic 8 0 7 1 8 25 -17 1 League table for Glencar Inn Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDeele Harps FC 8 8 0 0 32 6 26 24Donegal Town FC Reserves 8 5 2 1 25 14 11 16Glenree United FC 8 4 2 2 16 13 3 14Downtown United FC 8 3 2 3 14 14 0 12Keadue Rovers FC 8 3 3 2 20 15 5 11Milford United FC 8 3 4 1 9 27 -18 10Gweedore United FC 8 2 6 0 12 20 -8 6Cranford FC Reserves 8 1 4 3 10 18 -8 6Tullyvinney Rovers 8 1 7 0 10 21 -11 3DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 15-12-2012 K.O. 2 p.m.CT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. (K.O. 1 p.m.)Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneRamelton Mariners v Fintown Harps AFCGlenea United Reserves v Erne Wanderers Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGweedore United Reserves v Milford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesDeele Harps v Tullyvinney RoversSUNDAY 16-12-2012 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Watson Hire Division OneDrumoghill F.C. v Ballybofey UnitedCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United v Gweedore UnitedOscar Traynor Trophy K.O. 1.30 p.m.Donegal Junior League v Sligo / Leitrim League ( in Ballyare)TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: December 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TABLES AND FIXTURESTOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTSlast_img read more

India eye series win against off-colour West Indies

first_imgIndia will aim to grab an unassailable 3-0 lead when they take on West Indies in the fourth match of the ongoing five-ODI series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here on Sunday.Although the opening game of the series was washed out, the Indians have comprehensively dominated the subsequent two One-Day Internationals (ODI) to take a 2-0 lead.The visitors won the second ODI in Port of Spain by a huge 105-run margin before scripting a 93-run victory at this venue on Friday. (MS Dhoni stepped up when Team India needed him: Virat Kohli)The difference in quality between third ranked India and the hosts who are at a lowly ninth in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI ladder was quite clear.The Indians have not really performed at their optimal level so far. Their batting has not managed to generate good starts and the middle-overs have not been too great either. (MS Dhoni continues to shatter ODI records)However, the experiment to promote Kedar Jadhav up the order paid off in the second ODI as he smashed 40 runs off 26 balls to help India to a respectable total of 251/4 in their allotted 50 overs.The 32-year-old gave excellent support to the veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni who showed glimpses of his vintage hard hitting self to give the Indian innings a much needed momentum towards the end. (Ravichandran Ashwin 2nd fastest Indian spinner after Anil Kumble to reach 150-wicket mark in ODIs)Opener Ajinkya Rahane has also been in excellent form, notching up a century in the second match before coming up with a patient half-century to help the visitors recover from a poor start on Friday.advertisementHowever, the level of application from the other batsmen has been poor at times. (MS Dhoni getting better with age? ‘It’s like wine,’ says legend)The Indian bowlers have performed satisfactorily, specially fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav.The West Indies on the other hand, have struggled quite a bit. Despite playing in their home conditions, the hosts have not been up to the mark in both batting and bowling. (Ajinkya Rahane thanks Virat Kohli for giving him opportunity to bat as opener in West Indies)The lack of experience in the young squad led by pacer Jason Holder is one of the factors responsible for the poor performance by the hosts.However, they have nothing to lose and good performances in the remaining couple of matches in this series will give them some much needed confidence as they seek to qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup.Squads:West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.last_img read more

MMIWG Inquiry taking time for teambuilding

first_imgKathleen Martens Martha Troian APTN News Canada’s embattled national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is holding a team-building event in Toronto next week, APTN News has learned.Commissioner Michele Audette confirmed the exercise will be held at the Four Points Sheraton hotel, saying it should have happened a long time ago.“We are running at resource capacity,” she said Friday. “We are burning (out) staff.”The commission of inquiry has been mired in controversy, with criticism coming from families, Indigenous leaders and politicians.Nearly two dozen employees – and one of five commissioners – have resigned or been fired. Current commissioners have been told to step down and the Trudeau government advised to re-set the proceedings.But Audette suggested the meeting in Toronto could help focus the inquiry team for the final 10 months remaining on its two-year mandate.Unless it receives the two-year extension it is seeking.She confirmed it is tweaking the request it plans to submit in the coming weeks.“For sure it will be a document presented to the prime minister and the minister responsible for this inquiry very soon,” she said. “Maybe next week or in two weeks.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller promised to submit the request before Christmas but missed the self-imposed deadline. She was not made available for an interview to explain why.A resolution supporting an extension if Buller resigned was passed at a recent special chiefs meeting of the Assembly of First Nations. But it hasn’t been received by the government yet either.Audette explained the deadline was missed for a few reasons, not the least of which was her desire to have the request translated.“We said clearly that it was going to be presented before Christmas…we were hoping to present it in December we said. And when I saw the document I said I would need to have it in French to make sure I understand every word of it, and that brought a small delay.”Audette, who lives in Quebec, said an extension would give them time to “breathe” between cross-Canada hearings, which are intense and emotional experiences for survivors, families and commissioners.She also said they needed time to hire more employees.Two sources told APTN News between 50 and 70 inquiry employees would be attending the all-staff event at a cost of $6,000 each for travel, accommodation and meals.The inquiry operates three offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa but not Toronto.It has a budget of $53.8 million announced by the Trudeau government in August 2016.last_img read more

CES 2019 preview New cars and tech from Audi Honda Mercedes and

first_imgNissanCiting a report from German publication Electrive via Autoblog, there’s a decent likelihood that the Nissan Leaf E-Plus could debut at CES. The extended-range Leaf is predicted to pack a 60-kWh battery allowing for perhaps 225 miles of range and a price tag similar to the base Chevrolet Bolt ($37,495 including $875 for destination, for reference).As we reported last month, the Leaf E-Plus was supposed to debut around the time of the LA Auto Show, but Nissan decided to delay the unveiling until after dust had settled over the arrest of the company’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn. CES looms on the horizon, the news cycle has cooled on Ghosn’s arrest, so it seems the Leaf E-Plus is ripe for a debut at the biggest show in tech. Post a comment Audi Honda Mercedes-Benz Nissan Tags 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2018 Nissan Leaf: An excellent balance of electric range and value 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value CES 2019 is right around the corner, taking place from Jan. 8 to 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although primarily a technology exhibition, the world’s largest and most significant tech show is big news for car fans, too. As infotainment, artificial intelligence and autonomous innovation become even greater components of the driving (or mobility) experience, the past decade has seen CES evolve into a hot destination for some of the auto industry’s most important debuts. The 2019 show will feature numerous unveilings from the likes of Audi, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and more, as well as automotive suppliers (such as Bosch) who specifically manufacture the complicated componentry that makes cars more self-aware. In this roundup, we’re sticking to just what the OEMs are debuting. Still, there’s plenty to see as automakers reach for higher tech. If you have to skip the big Vegas show this year, fear not. We’ll be updating this page with all the breaking car technology news we can find, so that you won’t miss a thing.Enlarge ImageDrive-in movie theaters are trying to make a comeback, but Audi’s technological spin on the concept may be the lynchpin that makes drive-ins relevant for the 21st century. Audi AudiAs far as we know, Audi will not be debuting a vehicle at CES 2019. But piecing together the clues we’ve been given so far, along with what we know about the automaker’s Disney collaboration, it should be a memorable CES for the German automaker.Audi is planning on showing off two technologies. One is called the “on-the-road entertainment format,” which is designed to keep you entertained or occupied while the vehicle does the driving. The other is called “Audi Immersive In-Car Entertainment,” which is better suited for when the vehicle is stationary, essentially rendering it a movie theater on wheels. The latter seems more apt for the “Audi Meets Disney” partnership we covered in depth earlier this ImageWhile not designed to replace human workers, this autonomous ATV from Honda could certainly help them. Honda HondaHonda will be showcasing its various robotics technologies at CES 2019. Leading the charge will be the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle that actually debuted last year at CES under the forgettable “3E-D18” moniker. The automated ATV has already been field-tested with firefighters and solar companies, and Honda will be demonstrating what the rugged bot can do on the CES show floor.Among other innovations, Honda will also display its PATH (Predicting Action of the Human) robot that can navigate through hoards of people without disturbing them. Check out our deeper discussion about Honda’s robotics here.Mercedes-Benz CLA Teaser CES 2019Enlarge ImageHopefully when the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class debuts, it will be more than just an A-Class with less headroom. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-BenzThe biggest thing hitting the Mercedes-Benz stand is one of the luxury carmaker’s smallest vehicles: the new CLA-Class. Based on the A-Class sedan, which already sports a swoopy roofline, the CLA will carry the coupe-inspired theme a little further. That means a little less rear headroom, but a greater helping of style.With its tech show debut, the new CLA will not disappoint when it comes to managing the zeros and ones. The stylish four-door will show off MBUX — the three-pointed-star’s newest infotainment interface that can be operated with natural language commands a la Siri.CES will also mark the US debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, an all-electric SUV built to battle the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace. When it eventually hits the road, the EQC should prove a worthy contender with its estimated 240- to 270-mile range, assuming you don’t dig too deep into the 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque onboard.Mercedes will also show off its Vision Urbanetic Concept for the first time in the US. The autonomous van looks to be an accurate study of how personal mobility could look in just a few short years. Learn even more about these debuts here. CES 2019 Auto Tech Car Industry More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 47 Photoslast_img read more

A Different Dance

first_imgTapping of feet with the swaying rhythm of classical music is going to fill the chilly air of the city with the beginning of the 20th Annual Kathak Dance Festival – ‘Antarang’. Organised by the AAMAD Dance Centre, it is an annual dance festival that creates the opportunity for its students to present their training of Kathak on a professional platform. The festival will exhibit the talent of more than 100 artists including able and differently able people along with the presence of Dr Kamilini Asthana, chairperson, Advisory committee, kathak kendra as the chief guest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Antarang’ will showcase traditional Kathak performances by the disciples of Rani Khanam of AAMAD dance centre. Apart from being a respected guru, Rani Khanam is also an empanelled artist in “outstanding category” of the Indian Council for Culture Relations, “Top graded” artist at the Delhi Doordarshan and the Director of Aamad. Along with it, some other performances aiming to grab the limelight includes a stylized dance form “Andaz-e-Raqs”, highlighting the contribution of Persian culture where the costumes play an intrinsic role in the kinetics of choreography, highly inspired by the Persian paintings and literature; “Shatapadi”, a “Shri Nand Nandan Nachat Sudhang” of Surdas and a performance called “Om Shanti” by the “specially able” artists to be performed on wheelchairs and amp; Crutches. These soul-stirring performances are aimed at recognizing the hidden potential of each person with disability. AAMAD, considered as one of the main integrated dance institute in India imparts training at a professional level. Imparting training to differently abled people to dance, they created a level in traditional and modern dance for more than two decades. With the most creative and unique initiative in the world of Indian performing arts, “Antarang” is sure to attract dance lovers with its powerful performances.last_img read more

Dont Let Your Video Get Lost in the Crowd

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global September 17, 2009 Video used to be the domain of only the largest companies with the biggest marketing budgets. But the explosion of online video sharing sites has given companies of all sizes the opportunity to create and disseminate videos.As small businesses assess those PR tactics that will yield the greatest ROI, online video has grown in popularity as a way to generate buzz without breaking the bank. However, simply shooting a video and posting it online will not guarantee results. The key to a successful video campaign is compelling content–if you aren’t distributing something that people will want to watch your campaign will fall flat.I recently spoke with Todd Grossman, Vice President of Sales and Client Services at MultiVu, about the benefits of online video to small businesses and the steps that companies should consider before embarking on such an endeavor.What are some of the ways a small business can benefit from online video?Video can be used for something straightforward such as introducing a new product or service; to increase traffic to your website via a clever video; to provide a product demonstration or tutorial to your customers; to deliver commentary from your CEO to investors; or to convey a message to employees.Additionally, many small businesses find additional uses for videos by utilizing them for online advertising, or by incorporating them into a Multimedia News Release. An MNR is a great tool that incorporates video, photos, text, links and other information; making it more interactive than standard, text only, press releases.What types of companies are best suited for video promotion?Companies of all size and across all industries are suited for video promotion, including most companies with a consumer product or service and many with a B-to-B product or service. But first the company should ask itself whether its product or service will translate well into a visual message. If the answer is yes, then it’s relatively easy to get started.What are the do-it-yourself options?If you have the budget, hire a professional. It will save you the time and effort of figuring out all of the details of putting a great video together and it will help you get a more eye-catching final result. You don’t even have to worry about it looking too manufactured–professional producers can still give your video a viral look.If a professional producer is not an option, there are a number of options that let you produce your own videos for free or low cost. For example, editing software packages such as Avid, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Proand Media 100enable you to edit your video like a pro.You’re going to need a video camera to shoot footage. If you can’t borrow a good one, try one of the simplest camera’s out there, the Flip Video MinoHD. It’s stocked with a light editing package and can be purchased for under $200 online. An added bonus, it can also be mounted on a tripod.Be sure to incorporate upbeat background music. Remember, you will need to get permission if it is copyrighted; otherwise, you can get royalty free music from sites like Add a call to action and provide a viewer feedback mechanism–such as a comments section or direct contact information–to engage your audience.Once video has been created, how do you get it out there?You can always post to your own website, although this requires a site with multimedia capabilities and technological savvy on your part.Video host sites such as YouTubeor Vidlerlet you load you video and also make it easy for you to embed it to other websites. Be advised with the volume of videos on these sites you run the risk of never being discovered and shared.A better way to get it out to the customer, B2B or the media audiences is the MNR. It’s designed for the new media landscape and can be distributed as a news release to television, radio, web or print media. It can also be sent to key contacts as a direct marketing tool.How long should a video be?Generally, you want to be short and to the point, with content ranging from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. However, there are times when longer video is appropriate. For example, if you’re posting video of a conference keynote or a surgical procedure. If you do create a long-format video, consider indexing it or breaking it up into smaller segments to post as a series. You may even add teasers for upcoming features to keep your viewers interested.It’s the rare video that becomes a viral sensation. Rather than go into the production of a video thinking about creating a viral hit, focus on creating a quality video that can gain traction with your target audience. Humor is a great way to attract viewers, and one of the advantages of the internet is that it doesn’t have the same standards as television. This, allows you to take more risks and experiment a little. Just remember that this video is a representation of your brand, so be careful not to cross the line. Register Now »last_img read more

Spotify to Musicians Dont Hate On Us

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 3, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 2 min read Spotify is renewing its effort to win over skeptical critics and artists into believing that it has a viable long-term business model.The company unveiled its new Spotify Artists website today to explain “how Spotify works, how we pay artists and where we fit into the industry.”The streaming music service is also, for the first time, giving artists access to its analytics. The free new feature will let artists see how often their music is being played and which tracks are most popular in real time.Amidst criticism from the likes of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and the Talking Heads’ David Byrne, Spotify’s goal is to highlight how artists can earn more revenue, even as streaming eats away at album sales.”With any format change in music – CD and iTunes included – there’s a lot of confusion around how these different models work, and quite often some serious skepticism,” Mark Williamson, director of artists services for Spotify told The Guardian. “We understand that’s out there, so we want to be as clear and transparent as we possibly can explaining how Spotify fits in.”Related: SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a DayAfter much hemming and hawing, Spotify has published the average earned revenue per stream: between $0.006 and $0.0084. That doesn’t look like much, but Williamson says thinking in those terms is “really flawed.” The company also published its payout formula, which takes into account Spotify’s total revenue, an individual artist’s streams and the total number of streams played across the service.At current levels, with between 6 million and 10 million paying subscribers, Spotify says a “niche indie album” earns roughly $3,300 each month versus a “global hit album, which can rake in more than $400,000 per month.Once it grows to 40 million paying customers, Spotify believes those numbers will shoot up to $17,000 and $2 million, respectively.Although Spotify is fresh off of a $250 million funding round, its bottom line is still moving in the wrong direction. The company’s viability and profitability will become much clearer next year once rights holders are able to compare revenues from Spotify to other traditional means like album sales.Related: This Tiny Gadget Can Turn Virtually Anything Into a Musical Instrumentlast_img read more

Explore the French Alps with nonstop flights to Lyon

first_img Air Canada has launched new nonstop flights from Montreal to Lyon, France, delivering Canadian travellers to the foot of the awe-inspiring French Alps.The new routes save travellers transit time in and out of the Paris airport, located about 500 kilometres from Lyon. France’s third largest city is the gateway to the French Alps, home to some of the finest scenery – and skiing – in all of Europe.The French Alps’ breathtaking mountains, crystal-clear lakes, majestic waterfalls and pristine forests have drawn stylish globetrotters for generations. The most famous sight is Mont Blanc, the highest mountain peak in the Alps.Most visitors are drawn by the region’s unparalleled scenery, focusing their visit on activities like hiking, biking and mountain climbing in summer, and skiing and snowboarding in winter. The French Alps are home to famous resorts towns including Chamonix, St. Gervais, Albertville (home of the 1992 Olympic Winter Games), Grenoble and Annecy. Chic spa resorts like Evian-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains allow travellers to live life in the true lap of luxury.For nature lovers, the French Alps is the ultimate destination in France, and with Air Canada’s new nonstop service from Montreal to Lyon, travellers can access the region faster and easier. Whether clients are new to skiing or seasoned pros, they’ll find beautiful and exciting ski slopes to suit their skills. Immersing oneself in France’s incredible scenery and culture is one of the true pleasures in life.To learn more or book seats on Air Canada’s new nonstop service please visit Tags: Air Canada, France Explore the French Alps with nonstop flights to Lyon << Previous PostNext Post >> Michael Smith center_img Posted by Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

Transat AT blames higher fuel prices weak dollar for Q1 losses

first_img Thursday, March 16, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Transat AT blames higher fuel prices, weak dollar for Q1 lossescenter_img Posted by Tags: Air Transat, Profit Report MONTREAL — Transat AT Inc. says fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and higher fuel costs have hampered its attempts to return to sustainable profits.The Montreal-based travel company says it had a $32.1 million net loss in its first quarter ended Jan. 31, nearly half of the $61.2 million net loss in the same period a year earlier.It says that was mostly because of a favourable swing in the value of derivatives used to offset the impact of higher fuel prices.However, Transat’s adjusted net loss grew from $30.4 million to $36 million as costs rose due to rising fuel prices and the weaker loonie.Revenue dropped by $36.4 million to $689.3 million as the company cut the number of Sun destination packages.Transat’s net loss equalled 87 cents per share and its adjusted loss was 98 cents per share.last_img read more

With Ireland bookings up tour ops look for gateways beyond Dublin and

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> With Ireland bookings up, tour ops look for gateways beyond Dublin (and more rooms) TORONTO — The Canadian market to Ireland is booming, with the number of Canadian visitors to the Emerald Isle up 60% since 2013. That’s thanks in large part to all the new lift that’s come on board and also thanks to Tourism Ireland’s ongoing efforts to promote Ireland as a year-round destination.The steady climb reverses what had been a downward slide, back around 2011, says Ireland’s recently appointed Taoiseach, Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar. He’s well-versed in tourism, formerly serving as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. “The airlines [and other tourism partners] helped bring back an environment where tourism is really booming,” said Varadkar yesterday at an industry lunch hosted by Tourism Ireland’s CEO Niall Gibbons and Head of North America, Alison Metcalfe.Ireland’s Taoiseach, Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, along with Tourism Ireland’s CEO Niall Gibbons and Head of North America Alison Metcalfe, hosted tourism partners at an industry lunch at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel.It’s not just Canada sending record numbers to the destination. Overall tourism to Ireland is up 11% worldwide, with a 50% increase from global markets to the island over the past five years.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesLast year in particular was very strong, especially from Canada which had a record year for visits to Ireland. Last year’s numbers were up 11% and spend totalled 150 million euros.Some of the destination’s biggest travel supplier partners here in Canada were on hand at yesterday’s lunch, including Collette, Royal Irish Tours, Air Lingus, the Globus family of brands, Air Canada Vacations and Transat, as well as retail travel organizations including TPI, which has seen a 300% year-over-year increase in Ireland booking volumes.While happy with strong sales to Ireland, several of the tour operators say they’re looking for alternate airports for their Ireland product, beyond Dublin.“We’re all going into Dublin,” said Transat’s VP National Sales & Commercial, Denise Heffron. “I would like to see flights somewhere other than Dublin. Maybe Belfast. Northern Ireland is very hot right now.”Collette’s Brett Walker noted that Shannon Airport would be another good option. “Secondary gateways provide a great means to selling more product,” said Walker.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTTour operators are also facing a shortage of accommodation options for their Ireland packages. “It’s becoming a big challenge,” said Luigi Iannello, ACV’s Senior Director, Strategy & Business Development.Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said that by 2020 Ireland will have an additional 5,000 rooms. “So there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. Posted by Tags: Tourism Irelandcenter_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Sharelast_img read more